Historical

Frances Folsom Cleveland, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, gives birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House.

On June 2, 1886, in an intimate ceremony held in the Blue Room of the White House, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, the daughter of Cleveland's late law partner and friend, Oscar Folsom. Fewer than 40 people were present to witness the 49-year-old president exchange vows with Frances, who at [...]

Sat, Sep 08, 2018

In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.

The Watergate scandal erupted after it was revealed that Nixon and his aides had engaged in illegal [...]

Fri, Sep 07, 2018

When the clock struck midnight on June 19, 2014, King Juan Carlos I of Spain's nearly 40-year rule came to an end. Two weeks after abdicating himself amidst sagging approval ratings, Juan Carlos symbolically removed his red sash—signifying his status as leader of the Spanish military—and wrapped it around the waist of his son, 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe.

The official transfer of power—one viewed by many as a long time coming—was complete.

Carlos took [...]

Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Shortly before 1:00 A.M. On June 14, 2017, a fire tore through West London's 24-story Grenfell tower. 71 people were killed in what was the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century.

The fire started in a Hotpoint brand fridge-freezer in a fourth floor apartment. The flames traveled from the kitchen and up the exterior side of the building, which was filled with 300 low-income residents. From there, the flames moved [...]

Fri, Sep 07, 2018

On June 14, 2017, a gunman walked onto a baseball field at Virginia's Eugene Simpson Park, opening fire on politicians, and wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others.

The representatives had been practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man, asked a passing congressman—South Carolina's Jeff Duncan—whether Republicans or Democrats were on the field practicing. Once he received confirmation that the Republican [...]

Fri, Sep 07, 2018

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